Matt Spangler

Photo Matthew SpanglerAssociate Professor of Animal Science/Extension Beef Genetics Specialist

A218h Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
Phone: (402)472-6489
Fax: (402)472-6362
Email: mspangler2@unl.edu
Website: Sow Reproductive Longevity
                eBeef.org


Mini CV

Appointment:
60% Extension, 10% Teaching, 30% Research (2015-present)
60% Extension, 20% Teaching, 20% Research (2012-2015)
70% Extension, 30% Teaching (2008-2012)

Research Interests:
New trait development
Combining molecular and quantitative information for genetic prediction
Genotyping strategies

Teaching Experience:
Primary Instructor, The University of Nebraska, January 2008 – Present.
Beef Cattle Merchandising (8 semesters)
Beef Industry Scholars: Study Tour (8 semesters)
Linear Models in Animal Breeding (5 semesters; online)
History and Perspectives in Animal Breeding (4 semesters; online)

Other Teaching Activities
UNL Teaching Herd Coordinator, January 2008 – Present
Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program Coordinator, January 2008-Present
Current Undergraduate Advisees: 7
Graduate Committees (Current): Ph.D.=2
Graduate Committees (Completed): M.S. =3
Graduate Committees (Completed): Ph.D. =3
Graduate Student Advisor (Current): M.S.=3; MAS=1;PhD=2
Graduate Student Advisor (Completed): M.S.=3
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor (Completed)=1
Visiting Scholars: Current = 1; Completed=1
Postdoctoral Students: Current=1

Biographical Data
Education:
2003 - 2006; The University of Georgia, Ph.D. 2006
2001 - 2003; Iowa State University, M.S. 2003
1999 - 2001; Kansas State University, B.S. 2001
1997 - 1999; Butler County Community College, A.S. 1999

Employment History:
Associate Professor of Animal Science/Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln (2012-present)
Assistant Professor of Animal Science/Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln (2008-2012)
Assistant Professor of Animal Science, University of Tennessee at Martin (2007)

Academic Service:
Journal of Animal Science Editorial Board Member, Animal Genetics Section, 2007-2011.
Integrated Resource Management Committee Member, University of Nebraska, 2008-Present.
Ultrasound Guidelines Council, board member, 2007-2010.
Ultrasound Guidelines Council, Statistical Review Committee Chair, 2009-2010.
Midwest Section Animal Breeding and Genetics Committee 2009-2012 (Chair 2011-2012).
Beef Improvement Federation Feed Intake Guidelines Subcommittee 2014-2015.

Honors and Awards Received:
Cattlemen Business Weekly, Top 10 Beef Industry Leaders Under 40. 2011.
Outstanding New Specialist, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, 2011.
Holling Family Junior Faculty Teaching Award, UNL College of Agriculture and Natural
Resources, 2012.
Wendell Burgher Beef Industry Award, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
2013-2015.
Nebraska Beef Industry Endowment Award, Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education
Foundation, 2013 & 2014.
Beef Improvement Federation Appreciation Award, Beef Improvement Federation, 2014.
Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award, Midwest American Society of Animal Science,
2015.

Honors and Awards of Graduate Students Under My Direction:
Larrick/Whitmore Travel Scholarship, UNL, 2012 (1), 2014 (2).
Frank Baker Memorial Essay Contest, Beef Improvement Federation, 2012.
Shear Miles Fellowship, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2012.
Gamma Sigma Delta, inducted for membership, 2012 (1), 2016 (1).
BIF Reg. Scholarship, 2013 (2)
American Association of Animal Science Annual Meeting Presidents Pick Abstract, 2013.

Professional and Honorary Societies:
American Society of Animal Science (ASAS)
Gamma Sigma Delta
Nebraska Cattlemen

Selected Invited Presentations (2008-Present; out of 193 total)
Real-time Ultrasound: What does image quality mean to genetic evaluations, Beef Improvement Federation,
Sacramento, CA, Date: 05/01/2009
Use of Molecular Information for Complex Traits, Red Angus Association of America Brain
Trust Meeting, Denver, CO,Date: 01/10/2010
Production and/or Profit? Selection for Profitable Genetics Not Just High Production Genetics,
Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting, Date: 06/29/2010
Genetic Evaluation for Reproductive Traits, Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting,
Date: 06/30/2010
The many measures of accuracy: How are they related? National Beef Cattle Evaluation
Consortium Webinar, Date: 10/20/2010
Genomics: Current realities and future promises, American Gelbvieh Association, Annual
Convention in Denver, CO, Date: 01/07/2011
Information Overload: Helping your customers buy the right bulls, American Gelbvieh
Association, Annual Convention, Denver, CO, Date: 01/07/2011
Integration of genomic information into genetic evaluation, National Cattlemens Beef
Association, Cattlemens College, Denver, CO, Date: 02/02/2011
Benefits of Integrating Genomic Information into EPD, American International Charolais
Association, Annual Board Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Date: 03/27/2011
Integrating molecular information into NCE: Expectations, benefits and needs, Beef
Improvement Federation, Annual Convention, Bozeman, MT, Date: 06/03/2011
A paradigm shift: Genomic predictions of beef cattle, Accelerated Genetics, Regional Annual
Meeting, Lincoln, NE, Date: 07/20/2011
Marker Assisted Selection and the Weight Trait Project, American Hereford Association, Annual
Board Meeting, Kansas City, MO Date: 10/28/2011
Improving the Genetics of Feed Efficiency, Nevada Cattlemens Association, Annual
Convention, Gardnerville, NV, Date: 11/15/2011
Genomic Predictions in Beef Cattle: Benefits and Cautions, California Cattlemens Association,
Annual Convention, Reno, NV, Date: 11/16/2011
Implementation of Marker-Assisted EPDs, Range Beef Cow Symposium, Mitchell, NE,
Date: 11/30/2011
Women in Agriculture: Genetics of Beef Cattle-Moving to the genomics era Date: 02/18/2011
Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency: A Genomics Approach, National Cattlemens Beef
Association, Cattlemens College, Nashville, TN, Date: 02/2012
Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency: A Genomics Approach, Youth Beef Industry Congress,
Nashville, TN, Date: 02/2012
Industry Views of Adoption of Genomics, Beef Improvement Federation,Annual Convention,
Houston, TX, Date: 04/2012
Incorporating DNA Information Into EPDs for Angus Cattle and Potential for Other Breeds,
Reciprical Meats Conference, Fargo, ND, Date: 06/2013
Current Use and Expectations about the Realistic Application of Genomics in Animal Breeding
Programs, 9th Symposium of the Brazilian Society of Animal Breeding, Joao Pessoa, Brazil, Date: 06/2012
Crossbreeding-One of the Tools to Increase Profitability. Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention,
Oklahoma City, OK. 2013.
Introduction to DNA Testing in Beef Cattle. South Dakota Seedstock Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD. 2013.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Methods of Incorporating Genomics into Genetic Evaluation. Beef Improvement
Federation Genetic Prediction Workshop, Kansas City, MO. 2013.
Beef Cattle Genomics: Current Status and Future Directions. Select Sires Annual Sales Conference, Columbus, OH.
2013.
From Discovery to Application: A Genomics Story. Oklahoma State University Animal Science Seminar, Stillwater,
OK. 2013.
The Weight Trait Project: What We've Learned. Illinois Charolais Field Day, Champaign, IL. 2013.
Beef Sire Selection Using Genomics: Current State and Future Goals. Genex Annual Delegate Meeting, MN. 2013.
Beef Cattle Efficiency: Definitions and Improvement Strategies. Angus Boot Camp, Clemson, SC. 2013.
Improving Feedlot Performance: Feed Efficiency Grant Update. National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium
Brown Bagger Webinar. 2013.
National Program for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle: Aims and Current Results. Beef
Improvement Federation Annual Convention, Oklahoma City, OK. 2013.
Straightbred vs Crossbred. Florida Cattlemens Institute and Trade Show, Arcadia, FL. 2014.
Exploratory Analysis of Genetic Variants Underlying Body Temperature in Beef Cattle. Plant and Animal Genome
Conference, San Diego, CA. 2014.
Using genomics to pick the high hanging fruit: Integrated projects update. Beef Improvement Federation meeting,
Lincoln, NE. 2014.
Crossbreeding talks in 2014: Why they're still needed. American Simmental Educational Symposium, Bozeman,
MT. 2014.
Does Scrotal Circumference Impact Female Fertility?. Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle, Stillwater,
OK. 2014.
Filling the Knowledge Gap: Integrating Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in Graduate Education and Outreach.
10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Vancouver, CA, 2014.
Using EPDs: A prospective for commercial cattlemen. Husker Harvest Days, Kearney, NE, 2014.
What is imputation and why is it important? National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium Brown Bagger Webinar
Series, 2014.
Emerging Selection Technologies, Beefmaster Breeders United annual convention, Memphis, TN, 2014.
Genomic Selection in Beef: A model for industry partnership. USDA-NIFA Sheep Genomics Workshop, Lincoln,
NE 2014.
Terminal and Maternal Breeding Systems: Challenges and opportunities. Nebraska Cattlemen Cattlemens College,
Kearney, NE, 2014.
Sensitivity to Temperature Variation in Beef Cattle: Opportunities and Challenges for Selection. Plant and Animal
Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, 2015.
The Future of Genetic Selection: Genetics to Fit Differing Environments. National Cattlemens Beef Association
Cattlemens College, San Antonio, TX, 2015.
BIF Feed Intake Guidelines Revision—Challenges. Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium,
Biloxi, MS, 2015.
Efforts in Developing Decision Support Software for the Beef Industry. Beef Improvement Federation Annual
Research Symposium, Biloxi, MS, 2015.
Improving the Ability to Utilize Multiple Breeds in Commercial Beef Production: Breed Specific Heterosis and
Across Breed Calving Ease EPD Adjustment Factors. Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium,
Biloxi, MS, 2015.
Quantitative Genetics and Genomics Research at UNL: Discovery and Application. ESALQ Graduate Students,
Piracicaba, Brazil, 2015.
Economically relevant traits and selection indices. Range Beef Cow Symposium, Loveland, CO, 2015.
New trends and technologies in genetic selection. Shorthorn Impact Conference, Kansas City, MO, 2015.
State of the art in modeling GE-EPDs. Neogen GeneSeek Innovation Seminar, Lincoln, NE, 2015.

Publications:
Journal
Sapp, R. L., M. L. Spangler, R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2005. A simulation study for analysis of uncertain
binary responses: Application to first insemination success in beef cattle. Genet. Sel. Evol. 37:615-634.
Spangler, M. L., R. L. Sapp, R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2006. Success at first insemination in Australian Angus
cattle: Analysis of uncertain binary responses. J. Anim. Sci. 84:20-24.
Spangler, M. L., J. K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2007. Combining molecular test information and correlated
phenotypic records for breeding value estimation. J. Anim. Sci. 85:641-649.
Spangler, M. L., R. L. Sapp, M. D. MacNeil, J. K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2008. Different methods of selecting
animals for genotyping to maximize the amount of genetic information known in the population. J. Anim. Sci.
86:2471-2479.
Spangler, M. L., K. R. Robbins, M. D. MacNeil, J. K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2009. Ant colony optimization as
an alternative method for genotype sampling. Anim. Genetics 40: 308-314.
Kachman, S.D., M. L. Spangler, G. L. Bennett, K. J. Hanford, L. A. Kuehn, W. M. Snelling, R. M.
Thallman, M. Saatchi, and D. J. Garrick, R.D. Schnabel, J.F. Taylor, and E. J. Pollak. 2013. Comparison of
molecular breeding values based on within- and across-breed training in beef cattle. Genetics Sel. Evol. 45:30.
Tart, J.K., R.K. Johnson, J.W. Bundy, N.N. Ferdinand, J.R. Wood, A.M. McKnite, P.S. Miller, M.F.R. Rothschild,
M.L. Spangler, D.J. Garrick, S.D. Kachman, and D.C. Ciobanu. 2013. Genome-wide prediction of age at
puberty and reproductive longevity in sows. Anim. Genetics 44: 387-397.
Howard, J.T, S. D. Kachman, M.K. Nielsen, T. L. Mader, and M. L. Spangler. 2013. The effect of Myostatin
genotype on body temperature during extreme temperature events. J. Anim. Sci. 91: 3051-3058.
Howard, J.T., S. D. Kachman, W.M. Snelling, E.J Pollak, D. C. Ciobanu, L. A. Kuehn, and M. L. Spangler. 2014.
Beef cattle body temperature during climatic stress: A genome wide association study. International J.
Biometeorology 58:1665:1672.
Alhberg, C.M.,L. N. Schiermiester, J. T. Howard, C. Calkins, and M.L. Spangler. 2014. Genome wide association
study of cholesterol and poly- and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, protein, and mineral content of beef from
crossbred cattle. Meat Sci. 98: 804-814.
Mahdi Saatchi, Jonathan E Beever, Jared E. Decker, Dan B. Faulkner, Harvey C Freetly, Stephanie L Hansen, Helen
Yampara-Iquise, Kristen A Johnson, Stephen D Kachman, Monty S Kerley, JaeWoo Kim, Daniel D Loy, Elisa
Marques, Holly L Neibergs, E John Pollak, Robert D Schnabel, Christopher M Seabury, Daniel W Shike,
Warren M Snelling, Matthew L Spangler, Robert L Weaber, Dorian J Garrick and Jeremy F Taylor. 2014.
QTL, candidate genes, metabolic and signaling pathways associated with growth, metabolic mid-test weight,
feed intake and feed efficiency in beef cattle. BMC Genomics 15:1004.
Chandrasekhar Natarajan, Federico G. Hoffmann, Hayley C. Lanier, Zachary A. Cheviron, Matthew L. Spangler,
Roy E. Weber, Angela Fago, and Jay F. Storz . 2015. Intraspecific Polymorphism, Interspecific Divergence, and
the Origins of Function-Altering Mutations in Deer Mouse Hemoglobin. Mol. Bio. Evol. 32: 978-997.
Schiermiester, L.N., R.M. Thallman, L.A. Kuehn, S.D. Kachman, and M.L. Spangler. 2015. Estimation of breedspecific
heterosis effects for birth, weaning and yearling weight in cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 93: 46-52.
Lucot, K.L., M.L. Spangler, M.D. Trenhaile, S.D. Kachman, and D.C. Ciobanu. 2015. Evaluation of reduced
subsets of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms for the prediction of age at puberty and reproductive longevity in
sows. Anim. Genetics 46:403-409. .
Boyd, B. M., S.D. Shackelford, K.E. Hales, T.M. Brown-Brandl, M.L. Bremer, M.L. Spangler, T. L. Wheeler, D.
A. King, and G.E. Erickson. 2015. Effects of shade and feeding zilpaterol hydrochloride to finishing steers on
performance, carcass quality, heat stress, mobility, and body temperature. J. Anim. Sci. 93:5801-5811.
Ahlberg, C.M., L.A. Kuehn, R.M. Thallman, S.D. Kachman, W.M. Snelling, and M.L. Spangler. 2015. Breed
effects and genetic parameter estimates for calving difficulty and birth weight in a multi-breed population. J. Anim.
Sci. (submitted).
Torres-Vázquez, J.A., and M.L. Spangler. 2016. Genetic parameters for docility, weaning weight, yearling weight
and intramuscular fat percentage in Hereford cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 94:21-27.

Selected Proceeding Papers (non-reviewed)
Spangler, M. L. 2007. The value of heterosis in cow herds: lessons from the past that apply today. Proc. Range
Beef Cow Symposium XX.
Spangler, M. L. 2009. Using Information to Make Informed Selection Decisions. Proc. Range Beef Cow
Symposium.
Spangler, M. L. 2009. Use of DNA Technology in Beef Cattle Selection. Proc. Bovine Connection.
Spangler, M. L., and D. W. Moser. 2009. Real-time ultrasound: What does image quality mean to genetic
evaluations. Proc. Annual Beef Improvement Federation Meeting.
Spangler, M. L. 2009. Fitting Genetics to Your Environment. Proc. Tri-State Cow/calf Symposium.
Spangler, M.L. 2010.Production (And) Or Profit? Focusing Our Breeding Objectives By Selecting For Profitable
Genetics not Necessarily High Production Genetics. In Proc. Beef Improvement Federation Annual Conference.
Spangler, M.L. 2010. The need for marker assisted EPDs. In Proc. DNA Technology in Beef Cattle: Where we've
been, where we are, and where we're going. Available at http://beef.unl.edu.
Spangler, M.L. and A. Van Eenennaam. 2010. Utilizing DNA information in beef cattle selection. In Proc. New
York Cattlemens' Annual Convention.
Spangler, M.L. 2011. Implementation of Marker Assisted EPDs. Proc. Range Beef Cow Symposium, Mitchell, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2011. Realistic expectations of genomic selection. Proc. DNA In Beef Cattle: where we've been,
where we're at, and where we're going, Clay Center, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2011. The weight trait project: a year in review. Proc. DNA in beef cattle: where we've been, where
we are, and where we're going, Clay center, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2011. Integrating molecular information into NCE: Expectations, benefits, and needs. Proc. Beef
Improvement Federation Annual Convention, Bozeman, MT.
Spangler, M.L. 2011. Integration of genomic information into genetic evaluation. Proc. National Cattlemens Beef
Association Cattlemens College, Denver, CO.
Spangler, M. 2012. Incorporating DNA Information Into EPDs for Angus Cattle and Potential for Other Breeds.
Proceedings of the Reciprical Meats Conference
Spangler, M. 2012. Current Use and Expectations about the Realistic Application of Genomics in Animal Breeding
Programs. Proceedings of the 9th Symposium of the Brazilian Society of Animal Breeding.
Spangler, M. 2012. Marker-Assisted EPD for Other Breeds: A Changing Paradigm. Proceedings: DNA technology
in beef cattle, where we are, where we've been, and where we're going.
Bullock, D., Weaber, R., Van Eenennaam, A., and Spangler, M. 2012. National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium
(NBCEC) White Paper - Delivering Genomics Technology to the Beef Industry. National Beef Cattle
Evaluation Consortium and Beef Improvement Federation.
Spangler, M. 2013. Selection for improved feed efficiency. Proceedings: Driftless Region Conference, Dubuque,
IA.
Weaber, R.L., and M.L. Spangler. 2013. Crossbreeding-One of the Tools to Increase Profitability. Proceedings:
Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention, Oklahoma City, OK.
Spangler, M.L. 2013. Current State of Integrating Genomics Into National Cattle Evaluation. Proceedings: DNA In
Beef Cattle: where we've been, where we're at, and where we're going, Clay Center, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2013. Genomic Predictors of Feed Efficiency. Proceedings: DNA In Beef Cattle: where we've been,
where we're at, and where we're going, Clay Center, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2013. Introduction to DNA Testing in Beef Cattle. Proceedings: South Dakota Seedstock
Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD.
Spangler, M.L. 2013. Strengths and Weaknesses of Methods of Incorporating Genomics into Genetic Evaluation.
Proceedings: Beef Improvement Federation Genetic Prediction Workshop, Kansas City, MO.
Spangler, M.L. and R. L. Weaber. 2014. Straightbred vs Crossbred. Proceedings: Florida Cattlemens Institute and
Trade Show, Arcadia, FL.
Alhberg, C.M.,L. N. Schiermiester, and M.L. Spangler. 2014. Cholesterol and poly- and mono-unsaturated fatty
acids, protein, and mineral content of beef: A genome wide association study using crossbred cattle. Proceedings:
Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention, Lincoln, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2014. Does Scrotal Circumference Impact Female Fertility?. Proceedings: Applied Reproductive
Strategies in Beef Cattle, Stillwater, OK.
Spangler, M.L. 2014. Terminal and Maternal Breeding Programs. Proceedings: State of Beef Conference, North
Platte, NE.
Spangler, M.L. 2015. Economically relevant traits and selection indices. In: Proc. Range Beef Cow Symposium
XXIV, Loveland, CO.

Selected Refereed Abstracts:
Spangler, M. L., R. L. Sapp, R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2005. Success at first insemination in Australian Angus
cattle: Analysis of uncertain binary responses. J. Anim. Sci. 83(Suppl. 2.): (Abstr.).
Sapp, R. L., M. L. Spangler, R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2005. A simulation study for analysis of uncertain
binary responses: Application to first insemination success in beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 83(Suppl. 2.): (Abstr.).
Spangler, M.L., R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2006. Success of rebreeding given first parity calving ease scores in
Canadian Charolais cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 84(Suppl. 1.): (Abstr.).
Spangler, M.L., R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2006. The combination of genetic test information and phenotypic
records for the prediction of breeding values. J. Anim. Sci. 84(Suppl. 1.): (Abstr.).
Spangler, M. L., R. L. Sapp, J. K. Bertrand, M. D. MacNeil, and R. Rekaya. 2007. Different methods of selecting
animals for genotyping to maximize the amount of information known in the population. J. Anim. Sci. 85
(Suppl. 1.): (Abstr.).
Spangler, M. L., K. R. Robbins, J. K. Bertrand, M. D. MacNeil, and R. Rekaya. 2007. Ant colony optimization as
a strategic method of genotype sampling. Proc. European Animal Agriculture Production Meeting.
Butler, J. N., J. E. Mehlhorn, W. Totten, M. Spangler, and T. N. Burcham. 2007. Promoting agriculture literacy
among gifted high school students. NACTA Journal. Abstract pp:99-100.
Spangler, M. L., D. Kirkpatrick. 2008. State funded genetic enhancement programs: An example from Tennessee.
J. Anim. Sci. 86 (Suppl. 1).
Spangler, M. L., S.P. Greiner, T.D. Pringle, J.R. Rumph, D.R. Strohbehn, and W.D. Busby. 2009. Ultrasonically
measured ribeye area in beef cattle: A look into the relationship between image quality and prediction bias. J.
Anim. Sci. 87 (Suppl. 3)
Dib, M. G., G. E. Erickson, T. J. Klopfenstein, and M. L. Spangler. 2010. Factors influencing intake: Diet
composition and carcass characteristics in finishing yearling steers. J. Anim. Sci. 88: E Suppl 2.
Pruitt, S.K., K.M. Rolfe, B.L. Nuttelman, W.A. Griffin, J.R. Benton, G.E. Erickson, D.C. Ciobanu, and M.L.
Spangler. 2010. Association of myostatin on weight, intake, and carcass traits in crossbred steers adjusted to
different endpoints. J. Anim. Sci. 89: E Suppl 2.
Whitacre, L., and M.L. Spangler. 2010. Population Structure of the American Simmental Breed. J. Anim. Sci. 89: E
Suppl2.
Linda Moody, Dennis Brink, Matt Spangler and Sara Ellicott. 2010. A Collaborative Model for Linking Faculty,
Industry Representatives and, High School and University Students for Awareness and Education. Proc. Annual
NACTA Meeting.
Spangler, M. L., M. K. Nielsen, D. Brink, G. E. Erickson, J. Ellis, D. Mark, D. Burson, D. Smith, and B. Lubben.
2010. The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program. J. Anim. Sci. 88: E Suppl 3.
Kachman, S.D., G.L. Bennett, K.J. Hanford, L.A. Kuehn, E.J. Pollak, W.M. Snelling, M.L. Spangler, and R.M.
Thallman. 2011. Incorporating molecular breeding values with variable call rates into genetic evaluations. J.
Anim. Sci. 88: E Suppl 2.
Pruitt, S.K., K.M. Rolfe, B.L. Nuttelman, W.A. Griffin, G.E. Erickson, and M.L. Spangler. 2011. Association of
myostatin with weight and carcass traits in crossbred heifers adjusted to different endpoints. J. Anim. Sci. 88: E
Suppl 2.
Summers, A.F., R. A. Cushman, S.P. Weber, M. L. Spangler and A. S. Cupp. 2011 Effects of protein
supplementation during heifer development on reproductive characteristics and success in beef heifers. J. Anim.
Sci. 88: E Suppl 2.
Spangler, M.L., E.J. Pollak, G.L. Bennett, K.J. Hanford, S.D. Kachman, L.A. Kuehn, W.M. Snelling, and R.M.
Thallman. 2011. Enhancing knowledge and technology adoption in a misunderstood discipline: The weight trait
project. J. Anim. Sci. 88: E Suppl. 2.
Hergenreder, J., S. Pruitt, G. Erickson, M. Spangler, and C. Calkins. 2011. Tenderness and nutrient differences of
beef from different genotypes. Proc. Reciprocal Meat Conf. 64:25 (Abstr. 30).
Howard, J. T., M.K. Nielsen, T. Mader, and M.L. Spangler. 2012. The effect of myostatin genotype on body
temperature during extreme temperature events. J. Anim. Sci. 90: E Suppl 2.
Wilkin, M., Berger, L., Erickson, G., Nielsen, M., Spangler, M., Kachman, S. 2012. Dataset-specific dry matter
intake prediction equation determination for growing calves. J. Anim. Sci. 90: E Suppl 3.
Stewart, H., Brink, D. R., Burson, D., Husmann, D. E., Rasby, R., Reiling, B., Schacht, W., Spangler, M. 2012.
Comprehensive beef education strategic planning conference. NACTA 56: 34.
Reiling, B., Brink, D. R., Burson, D., Husmann, D. E., Rasby, R., Schacht, W., Spangler, M., Stewart, H. 2012.
Current state of beef education relative to future needs of the beef Industry. NACTA 56: 77-78.
Tart, J. K., Lucot, K. L., Bundy, J. W., Miller, P., Rothschild, M. F., Spangler, M., Garrick, D. J., Johnson, R.,
Kachman, S., Ciobanu, D. 2013. Genome-wide prediction of pleiotropic regions that influence age at puberty
and reproductive longevity in sows. Plant and Animal Genome XXI Conference.
Snelling, W., G. Bennett, M. Thallman, L. Kuehn, E.J. Pollak, S. Kachman, and M. Spangler. 2013. Prioritizing
sequence polymorphisms for potential association with phenotype. J. Anim. Sci. 91: E Suppl 2.
Ahlberg, C.M., L.N. Schiermiester, J.T. Howard, C. Calkins, and M.L. Spangler. 2013. Genome Wide Association
Study of protein and mineral content of beef from crossbred cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91: E Suppl 2.
Schiermiester, L.N., C.M. Ahlberg, J.T. Howard, C. Calkins, and M.L. Spangler. 2013. Genome Wide Association
Study of cholesterol and poly- and mono-unsaturated fatty acids of beef from crossbred cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:
E Suppl 2. Presidents pick poster abstract (30 chosen out of 200).
Lucot, K.L., M. L. Spangler, S. D. Kachman and D. C. Ciobanu. 2014. Genomic prediction of age at puberty in
sows using Bayesian methods. J. Anim. Sci. 92: E Suppl. 2.
Trenhaile, M.D., K. L. Lucot, J. K. Tart, J. W. Bundy, J. F. Thorson, E. M. Keuter, J. R. Wood, M. F. Rothschild, G.
A. Rohrer, P. S. Miller, M. L. Spangler, C. A. Lents, R. K. Johnson, S. D. Kachman, and D. C. Ciobanu. 2014.
AVPR1A alleles are pleiotropic sources of variation in age at puberty and reproductive longevity in sows. J.
Anim. Sci. 92: E Suppl. 2.
Spangler, M. L., J. Howard, S. Kachman, D. Ciobanu, L. Kuehn, M. Nielsen, and T. Mader. Exploratory Analysis
of Genetic Variants Underlying Body Temperature in Beef Cattle. 2014. Proceedings of the Plant and Animal
Genome XXII Conference, San Diego, CA.
Spangler, M.L. Sensitivity to temperature variation in beef cattle: Opportunities and challenges for selection. 2015.
Proceedings of the Plant and Animal Genome XXII Conference, San Diego, CA.
Boyd, B.M., S.D. Shackelford, K.E. Hales, T.M. Brown-Brandl, M.L. Bremer, M.L. Spangler, and G.E. Erickson.
Effects of shade and feeding zilpaterol hydrochloride to finishing steers on performance, carcass quality, heat stress,
and mobility. 2015. J. Anim. Sci. 93: Suppl. 2.
Pariacote, Fidel A, and M. Spangler. 2015. Estimates of genetic parameters for calving ease and birth weight in a
commercial crossbred population of beef cattle. XVII Venezulian Congress on Animal Production.
Ciobanu, D.C., E.R. Tosky, S. Olson, M.D. Trenhaile, C. Lents, T.P.L. Smith, D.J. Nonneman, G. Rohrer, J. Chin,
P. Miller, T.E. Burkey, M.L. Spangler, J.J. Riethoven, G.S. Plastow, and S.D. Kachman. Development of resources
and tools for mapping genetic sources of phenotypic variation. 2016. Proceedings of the Plant and Animal Genome
XXIII Conference, San Diego, CA.

Technical Publications (Nebraska Beef Research Report)
Dib, M. G., L. D. Van Vleck, and M. L. Spangler. 2010. Genetic Analysis of Mature Size in American Angus
Cattle.
Spangler, Matthew L., Stephen Kachman, Kathryn Hanford, Mark Thallman, Gary Bennett, Warren Snelling,
Larry Kuehn, and John Pollak. 2011. Integration of DNA marker information into breeding value predictions.
Whitacre, L.K. and M.L. Spangler. 2012. The Simmental breed: Population structure and generation interval trends.
Pruitt, S.K., K.M. Rolfe, B. Nuttelman, W.A. Griffin, J.R. Benton, G.E. Erickson, and M.L. Spangler. 2012.
Association of Mysostatin on performance and carcass characteristics in crossbred cattle.
Summers, A.F., R.A. Cushman, S.P. Weber, K.V. Moline, J.W. Bergman, M.L. Spangler, and A.S. Cupp. 2012.
Nutritional regime and antral follicle count impact reproductive characteristics in heifers.
Howard, J., L. Whitacre, M. Spangler. 2013. Efficacy of newborn bovine DNA samples taken via different
mediums in assigning paternity.
Moore, S.K., C.J. Schneider, K.M. Rolfe, B. Nuttelman, D.B. Burken, W.A. Griffin, J.R. Benton, G.E. Erickson, and
M.L. Spangler. 2013. Association of inactive Mysostatin in Piedmontese-influenced steers and heifers on
performance and carcass characteristics at different endpoints.
Kachman, S.D., and M.L. Spangler. 2014. Evaluation of Red Angus genomic predictors.
Schiermiester, L.N., R.M. Thallman, L.A. Kuehn, and M.L. Spangler . 2015. Estimation of breed-specific heterosis
effects for birth, weaning and yearling weight in cattle.
Ahlberg, C.M., L.A. Kuehn, R.M. Thallman, S.D. Kachman, and M.L. Spangler. 2015. Genetic parameter estimates
for calving difficulty and birth weight and in a multi-breed population.
Boyd, B.M., S.D. Shackelford, K.E. Hales, T.M. Brown-Brandl, M.L. Bremer, M.L. Spangler, and G.E. Erickson.
Effects of shade and feeding zilpaterol hydrochloride to finishing steers on performance, carcass quality, heat stress,
and mobility, and body temperature. 2016 (accepted).

Proceedings (Peer reviewed)
Martinez-Avila, J.C., M. Spangler, and R. Rekaya. 2006. Hierarchical model for zero-inflated count data: A
simulation study. Proc. 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.
Dib, M. G., L. D. Van Vleck, and M. L. Spangler. 2009. Estimates of Genetic Parameters for Weight and Height of
Angus Cows using a Repeatability Model. Proc. Western Section Animal Science Meetings, Vol. 60 pp 40-41.
Soga, N., M. L. Spangler , C. R. Schwab, P. J. Berger, and T. J. Baas. 2010. Comparison of Connectedness
Measures and Changes in Connectedness of the U.S. Duroc Population. In Proc. 9th World Congress on
Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.
Schiermiester, L.N., R.M. Thallman, L.A. Kuehn, and M.L. Spangler . 2014. Estimation of breed-specific heterosis
effects for birth, weaning and yearling weight in cattle. In Proc. 10th World Congress on
Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.
Ahlberg, C.M., L.A. Kuehn, R.M. Thallman, S.D. Kachman, and M.L. Spangler. 2014. Genetic parameter estimates
for calving difficulty and birth weight in a multi-breed population. In Proc. 10th World Congress on Genetics
Applied to Livestock Production.
Weaber, R.L., J.E. Beever, H.C. Freetly, D.J. Garrick S.L. Hansen, K.A. Johnson, M.S. Kerley, D.D. Loy, E.
Marques, H.L. Neibergs, E.J. Pollak, R.D. Schnabel, C.M. Seabury, D.W. Shike, M.L. Spangler and J.F.
Taylor.. 2014. Analysis of US Cow-Calf Producer Survey Data to Assess Knowledge, Awareness and Attitudes
Related to Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency. In Proc. 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to
Livestock Production.
Lewis, R.M., M. L. Spangler, B. B. Lockee, R. M. Enns, K. J. Enns, J. C. Dekkers, C. Maltecca, J. P. Cassady, M.
MacNeil, C. A. Gould, D. L. Boggs, I. Misztal and E. J. Pollak. 2014. Filling the Knowledge Gap: Integrating
Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in Graduate Education and Outreach. In Proc. 10th World Congress on
Genetics Applied to Livestock Production.

Extension Publications
Spangler, M.L. 2011. EPD basics and definitions. G1967 (Min. Rev.).
Spangler, M.L., and D.L. Anderson. 2011. Genetic defects in beef cattle. G2055.
Spangler, M. L., and L. Schiermiester 2013. Economic Indexes for Beef Sire Selection, University of Nebraska
NebGuide G1847 .
Spangler, M. L., and L. Schiermiester 2014. Commercially Available DNA Tests for the Genetic Improvement of
Beef Cattle, Revision. NebGuide G1856..
Spangler, M.L. 2015. Value of collecting phenotypes. eBEEF.org
Spangler, M.L. 2015. Initial Genome-Wide Association Study of Feed Intake Related Traits in Beef Cattle.
eBEEF.org
Spangler, M.L. 2015. EPD basics and definitions. eBEEF.org
Weaber, R.L., and M.L. Spangler. 2015. How DNA testing will affect the accuracy of EPD information.
eBEEF.org

Book Chapters
Spangler, M.L. 2013. Breeding in beef cattle. In Encyclopedia of Sustainability and Technology, Springer ().
Spangler, M.L. and D.W. Moser. 2012. Genetics of Ultrasound. Ultrasound Guidelines Council Study Guide.
Spangler, M. L., and A. E. Van Eenennaam. 2010. Utilizing Molecular Information in Beef Cattle Selection.
National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium Sire Selection Manual.
Spangler, M.L. 2009. Beef Cattle Genetics. In Beef Basics II: Breeding for Profitability. UNL Extension Beef
Home Study Short Course.

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